Gustafson Leads Chick-fil-A

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STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. -- Sophie Gustafson fired a 6-under-par 66 Friday to take a two-shot lead at the suspended Chick-fil-A Charity Championship.
 
Play did not begin until 12:00 PM ET after heavy rain soaked the course through the night and early this morning. Every player that teed off in the first group finished their round, while the afternoon players are at most 12 holes into the first round. First-round play will resume at 7:30 AM Saturday with the second round to begin at approximately 10:15 AM.
 
Cristie Kerr and Denise Killeen are tied for second at 4-under-par 68, with Karrie Webb and Deb Richard, who are through 10 and nine holes respectively.
 
Gustafson got her round going with an eagle and a birdie in her first three holes at Eagle's Landing Country Club. She eagled the second when she rolled in a long putt from 60 feet at the par-5 second and followed that up with a 20-foot birdie putt at the next.
 
She could not hold the momentum as she was unable to convert a short par putt at the par-3 fourth. She parred the final five holes to make the turn at minus-2.
 
On the back nine, rolled off three straight birdies to climb to 5-under. Gustafson drained a 15-footer at the par-4 12th. She followed that up with a 20-foot birdie at the next and capped the run with a four-foot birdie putt at the 14th.
 
Gustafson, who won this event in 2000, capped a nice day on the par-5s when she sank a seven-foot birdie putt at the par-5 18th. With that putt, she went 4-under on the four par-5s.
 
'I hit almost every fairway and almost every green,' said Gustafson. 'I don't think that I made too many mistakes. I have some really good memories from here.'
 
Killeen began her round on the back nine and struggled on that side. She chipped in for birdie from off the 11th green, but was unable to save par at the next after her drive found a fairway bunker.
 
She quickly recovered as she birdied the par-5 13th from six feet. Killeen dropped her second shot of the round at the par-4 15th when she missed an eight-foot par-putt. She was able to make the turn at minus-1 when she birdied the par-5 18th.
 
On the front side, she settled down and converted three birdie chances. Killeen birdied the first and followed that up with another birdie at the par-5 sixth. She polished off her round with a four-foot birdie putt at the seventh.
 
Killeen was surprised they were able to complete 18 holes on Friday.
 
'The course is in amazingly good shape for the amount of rain they had,' said Killeen, in reference to the 1.72 inches of rain that fell overnight and into the morning. 'You have to commend the crew here, they did a great job in getting the golf course playable.'
 
Kerr began on the back side on Friday. She notched back-to-back birdies at the 12th and 13th to get off to a good start. Kerr however dropped a shot at the par-3 16th, but atoned for the mistake with a birdie at the 18th to make the turn at minus-2.
 
On the front nine, Kerr birdied each of the first two holes before parring the final seven.
 
'I was definitely fortunate to have been in the first wave (of players),' said Kerr. 'We made the turn and were thinking we'll get two more holes in, but the rain held off long enough. You have to go with the flow and understand the circumstances.'
 
Danielle Ammaccapane and Brandie Burton are among a large group tied at 3-under-par 69. Also in the group are Young-A Yang, Shani Waugh, Heather Daly- Donofrio, Dorothy Delasin, Akiko Fukushima, Mi Hyun Kim, Patricia Meunier- Lebouc, Catrin Nilsmark and Suzann Pettersen.
 
Grace Park, Vicki Goetze-Ackerman and Jung Yeon Lee are also at 3-under through 11, 10 and seven holes respectively.
 
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